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Three pleasant garden plants that have a ‘repelling’ effect on cats

The curious and persistent demeanour of cats charms most people, but it presents a challenge to homeowners trying to protect the aesthetics of their gardens. 

The reason backyards often fall victim to the whims of wandering cats is that they make use of decorative flower beds for digging and frolicking. 

Planting a selection of unpleasant plants could prevent issues, however. 

Not only can gardeners benefit from fewer incursions by integrating certain plants into their gardens, but they may also contribute to the aesthetic appeal of their landscape. 

The following three species are deemed most effective for repelling pets thanks to their smell, texture and toxicity.

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Three plants to deter cats from the garden

Coleus Canina

Gardening enthusiasts at Meadow Lark Journal recommend Coleus Canina, colloquially known as the Scaredy Cat plant, which belongs to the mint family. 

“This fast-growing perennial plant is often used as a natural deterrent for cats, dogs and even foxes,” note the experts. This makes it a “popular choice for homeowners and gardeners who want to protect their gardens from these animals”. 

Curry Herb Plant

Like many other cat-repelling plants, the curry herb plant releases pungent odours when animals brush against its leaves. 

Not only does this unpleasant smell attack the cat’s senses, but the plant also has a coarse texture that the animal thoroughly dislikes.

Lemon thyme

“As its name suggests, Lemon Thyme emits a strong lemon scent, which is a result of its high essential oil content,” notes the Meadow Lark Journal. 

Because the olfactory senses of cats are far more developed than those of humans, this otherwise desirable smell can quickly overwhelm the pets.

“While the citrusy aroma is refreshing and pleasant to humans, it

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How to stop cats pooping in gardens: 99p natural item deters them from ‘fouling’

Gardeners have shared their tips on how to stop cats pooping in gardens after a woman claimed a cat was making an “awful mess” in her garden.

Facebook user Clare Huddleston Riley asked the social media group, Mrs Hinch Gardening Tips: “Please could I have some advice? I have a cat that keeps fouling in my garden and digging and making an awful mess.

“I look after my plants but it’s ruining them. What can I use to deter the cat but not harm my plants? Thank you.”

The post was inundated with responses but the most popular suggestion was to use pine coats.

Helen Farish replied: “I’ve just placed pine cones in my garden on newly weeded soil to deter the cats.

“It’s worked for five nights now and I was getting a smelly mess every night to clear away into bags in the bin. They look quite nice too.”

Sue Austin agreed and wrote: “Pine cones! I’ve put them among the plants in the front cat toilet (flower bed), it has stopped it all from happening! I am so grateful to whoever recommended this to me.”

Cats dislike walking on anything sharp which is why pine cones deter them from pooping in plant beds.

Furthermore, pine scents are not widely liked by cats so they should deter the pests.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using orange peel, holly, alpaca poo and black pepper.

Pine cones can be bought online or found in woodland, forests and gardens.

A packet of 15 pinecones currently costs 99p from The Range while 200g of pine cones from Hobbycraft costs £4.

Julie Barnes commented: “Black pepper. Only if it’s dry. Keep putting [it] down where you see holes or other.”

Carol B Jones suggested: “Orange/satsuma peel – it works.

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Stop ‘nuisance’ cats from fouling or digging up plants in your garden humanely

Cats are cute pets and many people enjoy having them in a neighbourhood, but unsupervised cats can get up to lots of mischief, and can even destroy gardens if gardeners are not careful. 

Although we love our furry friends, it can be a pain to have someone else’s cat using your garden as their toilet, and making the area smell awful. Curious felines are known to dig up plants, nibble at flowers, scratch garden furniture or even disturb natural wildlife, or just be pests while lounging about a garden. 

There are many annoying garden pests. Slugs and snails can be deterred with various hacks, and strategically using certain plants get keep some pests away. So, how does one keep cats away?

There are lots of solutions to keeping cats out of the garden available on the internet, but according to celebrity gardener David Domoney there is a lot of poor gardening advice when it comes to keeping cats away.

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In a blog post, David Domoney wrote: “Cats are a nuisance in the garden, and there are lots of ‘solutions’ being offered online to stop them coming in. However, these are not always effective.”

How to keep cats out of your garden 

Luckily, David Domoney has a few simple tips to keep these furry friends at bay which should work. The easiest way to get rid of cats is to prevent their access, and David Domoney says gardeners should try to observe how cats are getting into the garden. 

He wrote: “If they are coming through a hole in the fence or hedge, block it up. If they are climbing over the fence, you can attach a string 10-15cm above the top of the fence, running

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